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(Deadline)   According to the WGA, Seinfeld was the second-best written TV show of all time, and the best-written show of all time was The Sopranos   (deadline.com ) divider line
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2013-06-03 11:28:33 AM  
www.ledr.com
 
2013-06-03 11:29:26 AM  
Soap should've been higher
 
2013-06-03 11:31:12 AM  
That list is out of order in the worst kind of way.
 
2013-06-03 11:32:29 AM  
No Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman?
 
2013-06-03 11:35:13 AM  
I don't care what anyone says, I loved the ending to
 
2013-06-03 11:35:33 AM  
Fawlty Towers #58?

No Night Court?

Cheers?  Sorry guys, Cheers was more character driven, and when Sam and Diane got together, the show sucked so bad they brought in Kirstie Alley to kill it dead.

This list is a bunch of crap.
 
2013-06-03 11:38:03 AM  
King of the Hill, The Shield, Venture Bros., News Radio are some of my favorites.
 
2013-06-03 11:38:34 AM  
And yes, Tony did get whacked in front of his family, it's pretty farking obvious if you watched the episode.
 
2013-06-03 11:40:00 AM  
While a lot of those had their moments of greatness, there are only a handful that were consistently great, I think.
 
2013-06-03 11:40:16 AM  
I think it is actually pretty close. South Park should be WAY higher. Also, their formatting kind of quit as you scrolled down, weird.
 
2013-06-03 11:40:35 AM  
With a list that long, Sports Night should have been on there.

Spin City as well.
 
2013-06-03 11:41:19 AM  
Where's TJ Hooker?!
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That show changed the way people thought about riding on the hoods of cars.
 
2013-06-03 11:41:31 AM  
Boardwalk Empire should've been on there.
 
2013-06-03 11:41:48 AM  
I don't know. Taxi was pretty good when it was written well. But it was the worst when it was written poorly.

/through the bars on my crib
 
2013-06-03 11:42:29 AM  
WHAR KNIGHT RIDER WHAR?
 
2013-06-03 11:43:19 AM  
Al Swearengen would like a word with the hoopleheads who made this f***ing list
 
2013-06-03 11:45:25 AM  
Larry Sanders should have been higher, too. That was a beautifully written show.

Hank Kingsley looking through binoculars at two naked people having sex in a convertible: "Wow! And I thought I had a hairy ass."

/It was just a beautiful show. Then it got bad.
 
2013-06-03 11:47:20 AM  
How the hell did The Twilight Zone get beat by the crapfest known as Seinfeld? Even in its prime, Seinfeld was no where near as good as the Twilight Zone was at its lowest point.

Then again, this is my opinion. Hated Seinfeld but loved Twilight Zone ever since I was a kid.
 
2013-06-03 11:48:40 AM  

BunkoSquad: Al Swearengen would like a word with the hoopleheads who made this f***ing list


For real. Deadwood should be on the top ten for its dialogue alone.
 
2013-06-03 11:50:00 AM  

Jake Havechek: No Night Court?


OF. ALL. TIME.
 
2013-06-03 11:50:59 AM  

Sairobi: BunkoSquad: Al Swearengen would like a word with the hoopleheads who made this f***ing list

For real. Deadwood should be on the top ten for its dialogue alone.


And for every other reason, it should be number one.
 
2013-06-03 11:51:22 AM  
So it's not painful to read at the end.

1. The Sopranos - HBO - Created by David Chase
2. Seinfeld - NBC - Created by Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
3. The Twilight Zone (1959) - CBS - Season One writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr., Rod Serling
4. All in the Family - CBS - Developed for Television by Norman Lear, Based on Till Death Do Us Part, Created by Johnny Speight
5. M*A*S*H - CBS - Developed for Television by Larry Gelbart
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show - CBS - Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
7. Mad Men - AMC - Created by Matthew Weiner
8. Cheers - NBC - Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles and James Burrows
9. The Wire - HBO - Created by David Simon
10. The West Wing - NBC - Created by Aaron Sorkin
11. The Simpsons - FOX - Created by Matt Groening, Developed by James L. Brooks and Matt Groening and Sam Simon
12. I Love Lucy - CBS - "Pilot," Written by Jess Oppenheimer & Madelyn Pugh & Bob Carroll, Jr.
13. Breaking Bad - AMC - Created by Vince Gilligan
14. The Dick Van Dyke Show - CBS - Created by Carl Reiner
15. Hill Street Blues - NBC - Created by Michael Kozoll and Steven Bochco
16. Arrested Development - FOX - Created by Mitchell Hurwitz
17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - COMEDY CENTRAL - Created by Madeleine Smithberg, Lizz Winstead; Season One - Head Writer: Chris Kreski; Writers: Jim Earl, Daniel J. Goor, Charles Grandy, J.R. Havlan, Tom Johnson, Kent Jones, Paul Mercurio, Guy Nicolucci, Steve Rosenfield, Jon Stewart
18. Six Feet Under - HBO - Created by Alan Ball
19. Taxi - ABC - Created by James L. Brooks and Stan Daniels and David Davis and Ed Weinberger
20. The Larry Sanders Show - HBO - Created by Garry Shandling & Dennis Klein
21. 30 Rock - NBC - Created by Tina Fey
22. Friday Night Lights - NBC - Developed for Television by Peter Berg, Inspired by the Book by H.G. Bissinger
23. Frasier - NBC - Created by David Angell & Peter Casey & David Lee, Based on the Character "Frasier Crane" Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles
24. Friends - NBC - Created by Marta Kauffman & David Crane
25. Saturday Night Live - NBC - Season One: Writing Supervised by Walter Kempley, Harry Shearer; Written by: Ann Beatts, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Rosie Michaels, Garrett Morris, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Alan Zweibel

26. The X-Files - FOX - Created by Chris Carter
27. Lost - ABC - Created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof
28. ER - NBC - Created Michael Crichton
29. The Cosby Show - NBC - Created by Ed Weinberger & Michael Leeson and William Cosby, Jr., Ed. D.
30. Curb Your Enthusiasm - HBO - Created by Larry David
31. The Honeymooners - CBS - Season One writers: Herbert Finn, Marvin Marx, A.J. Russell, Leonard Stern, Walter Stone, Sydney Zelinka
32. Deadwood - HBO - Created by David Milch
33. Star Trek - NBC - Created by Gene Roddenberry
34. Modern Family - ABC - Created by Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd
35. Twin Peaks - ABC - "Pilot," Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
36. NYPD Blue - ABC - created by David Milch & Steven Bochco
37. The Carol Burnett Show - CBS - Season One: Written by Bill Angelos, Stan Burns, Don Hinkley, Buz Kohan, Mike Marmer, Gail Parent, Kenny Solms, Saul Turtletaub; Writing Supervised by Arnie Rosen
38. Battlestar Galactica (2005) - SYFY - Developed by Ronald D. Moore, Based on the Series Battlestar Galactica Created by Glen A. Larson
39. Sex & the City - HBO - Created by Darren Star, Based on the Book by Candace Bushnell
40. Game of Thrones - HBO - Created by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, Based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
41. The Bob Newhart Show *TIE - CBS - Created by David Davis and Lorenzo Music
41. Your Show of Shows *TIE - NBC - Season One: Written by Mel Tolkin, Lucille Kallen, Max Liebman
43. Downton Abbey *TIE - PBS - Created by Julian Fellowes
43. Law & Order *TIE - NBC - Created by Dick Wolf
43. thirtysomething *TIE - ABC - Created by Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick
46. Homicide: Life on the Street *TIE - NBC - Created by Paul Attanasio, Based on the Book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
46. St. Elsewhere *TIE - CBS - Created by Joshua Brand & John Falsey, Developed by Mark Tinker / John Masius
48. Homeland - SHOWTIME - Developed by Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa, Based on the Original Israeli Series Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff
49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - WB - Created by Joss Whedon
50. The Colbert Report *TIE - COMEDY CENTRAL - Season One writers: Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Eric Drysdale, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Allison Silverman
50. The Good Wife *TIE - CBS - Created by Robert King & Michelle King
50. The Office (UK) *TIE - BBC - Created by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant
53. Northern Exposure - CBS - Created by Joshua Brand & John Falsey
54. The Wonder Years - ABC - Created by Neal Marlens & Carol Black
55. L.A. Law - NBC - Created by Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher
56. Sesame Street - PBS - Created by Joan Ganz Cooney
57. Columbo - NBC - Created by Richard Levinson & William Link
58. Fawlty Towers *TIE - BBC - Written by John Cleese & Connie Booth
58. The Rockford Files *TIE - NBC - Created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell
60. Freaks and Geeks *TIE - NBC - Created by Paul Feig
60. Moonlighting *TIE - ABC - Created by Glenn Gordon Caron
62. Roots - ABC - Written by William Blinn, M. Charles Cohen, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee; Based on the Book by Alex Haley
63. Everybody Loves Raymond *TIE - CBS - Created by Philip Rosenthal
63. South Park *TIE - COMEDY CENTRAL - Created by Matt Stone & Trey Parker
65. Playhouse 90 - CBS - Season One writers: Edna Anhalt, Edmund Beloin, Harold Jack Bloom, Marc Brandel, George Bruce, James P. Cavanagh, Whitfiled Cook, Helen Doss, Scott Fitzgerald, Devery Freeman, Frank D. Gilroy, Helen Howe, Speed Lamkin, Ernest Lehman, Herbert Little, Jr., Don Mankiewicz, Elick Moll, Paul Monash, Dean Reisner, Norman Retchin, Selma Robinson, William Sackheim, Rod Serling, Leonard Spigelgass, Leslie Stevens, Brandon Thomas, David Victor, Charles M. Warren, Hagar Wilde, Cornell Woolrich
66. Dexter *TIE - SHOWTIME - Developed for Television by James Manos, Jr., Based on the Novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
66. The Office (US) *TIE - NBC - Created by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, Developed by Greg Daniels, Based on the BBC Series The Office
68. My So-Called Life - ABC - Created by Winnie Holzman
69. The Golden Girls - NBC - Created by Susan Harris
70. The Andy Griffith Show - CBS - Episode 1, "The New Housekeeper," Written by Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart
71. 24 *TIE - FOX - Created by Joel Surnow & Robert Cochran
71. Roseanne *TIE - ABC - Created by Matt Williams, Based on a Character Created by Roseanne Barr
72. The Shield *TIE - FX - Created by Shawn Ryan
74. House *TIE - FOX - Created by David Shore
74. Murphy Brown *TIE - CBS - Created by Diane English
76. Barney Miller *TIE - ABC - Created by Danny Arnold & Theodore J. Flicker
77. I, Claudius *TIE - PBS - Written by Rupert Graves and Jack Pulman
78. The Odd Couple - ABC - Episode 1, "The Fight of the Felix," Written by Peggy Elliott & Ed Scharlach
79. Alfred Hitchcock Presents *TIE - CBS - Season One writers - Gwen Bagni, Samuel Blas, Robert Blees, Ray Bradbury, Richard Carr, James Cavanagh, Eustace Cockrell, Francis Cockrell, Marian Cockrell, John Collier, Robert C. Dennis, Mel Dinelli, Stanley Ellin, Fred Freiberger, Irwin Gielgud, Gina Kaus, Terence Maples, Richard Pedicini, Louis Pollock, Joseph Ruscoll, A.J. Russell, Stirling Silliphant, Andrew Solt, Harold Swanton, Victor Wolfson, Cornell Woolrich
79. Monty Python's Flying Circus *TIE - BBC - Conceived and Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
79. Star Trek: The Next Generation *TIE - SYN - Created by Gene Roddenberry
79. Upstairs, Downstairs *TIE - PBS - Created by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins
83. Get Smart - NBC - "Pilot," Written by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry
84. The Defenders *TIE - CBS - Created by Reginald Rose
84. Gunsmoke *TIE - CBS - Episode 1, "Matt Gets It," Written by Charles Marquis Warren & John Meston
86. Justified *TIE - FX - Developed for Television by Graham Yost, Based on the Short Story "Fire in the Hole" by Elmore Leonard
87. Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) *TIE - CBS - Created by Nat Hiken
88. Band of Brothers - HBO - Written by Erik Bork, E. Max Frye, Tom Hanks, Erik Jendresen, Bruce C. McKenna, John Orloff, Graham Yost; Based on the Book by Stephan E. Ambrose
89. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - NBC - Season One: Written by Chris Beard, Phil Hahn, John Hanrahan, Coslough Johnson, Paul Keyes, Marc London, Allan Manings, David Panich, Hugh Wedlock, Digby Wolfe
90. The Prisoner - CBS - Premiere Episode: Written by George Markstein and David Tomblin
91. Absolutely Fabulous (UK) *TIE - BBC - Episode 1, "Fashion," Written by Jennifer Saunders, Based on an Original Idea by Jennifer Saunders & Dawn French
91. The Muppet Show *TIE - SYN - Season One: Written by Jack Burns, Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Marc London
93. Boardwalk Empire - HBO - Created by Terence Winter, Based on the Book Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson
94. Will & Grace - NBC - Created by David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
95. Family Ties - NBC - Created by Gary David Goldberg
96. Lonesome Dove *TIE - CBS
Teleplay by Bill Wittliff, Based on the Novel Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
96. Soap *TIE - ABC - Created by Susan Harris
98. The Fugitive *TIE - ABC - Episode 1, "Where the Action Is," Written by Harry Kronman
98. Late Night with David Letterman *TIE - CBS
Season One: Writing Supervised by Merrill Markoe, Writers: Andy Breckman, Tom Gammill, David Letterman, Richard Morris, Gerard Mulligan, Max Pross, Karl Tiedemann, Steve Winer
98. Louie *TIE - FX - Season One: Written and Directed by Louis C.K.
101. Oz - HBO - Created by Tom Fontana
 
2013-06-03 11:51:59 AM  
I wonder how many times were going to get that stupid Soprano's joke in th
 
2013-06-03 11:53:09 AM  

Gunny Highway: King of the Hill, The Shield, Venture Bros., News Radio are some of my favorites.


These two were/are worth it.
 
2013-06-03 11:56:12 AM  
Hard to argue with those two.

I'd add "In Treatment" to the list as far as writing goes ... riveting dialogue.
 
2013-06-03 11:58:19 AM  

AnotherBluesStringer: 7. Mad Men - AMC - Created by Matthew Weiner


I am a pretty big fan of Mad Men but even I recognize that 7 is way high. The fact that The Wire, The Simpsons, Breaking Bad and The West Wing are just below really illustrates that.
 
2013-06-03 11:58:27 AM  
I like the list, but I'm with the rest of yall regarding King of the Hill, The Shield, Venture Bros, and Night Court.

I would ALSO like to add The Boondocks. Hell, the writers are just as good on The Boondocks as they are on South Park.

/just my 2 cents
//bring on season 4, bungholes!
 
2013-06-03 11:58:38 AM  
The West Wing should have been number 1, and Spartacus needed to be on the list.
 
2013-06-03 11:58:41 AM  
I love that the WGA puts Raymond and South Park on par with each other.
 
2013-06-03 11:59:27 AM  
No mention of "Venture Bros." nor "Archer" but "The Simpsons" gets top 15 billing, even though it's coasted since season 10?

epicfail.xepher.net
 
2013-06-03 12:00:31 PM  

mechgreg: AnotherBluesStringer: 7. Mad Men - AMC - Created by Matthew Weiner

I am a pretty big fan of Mad Men but even I recognize that 7 is way high. The fact that The Wire, The Simpsons, Breaking Bad and The West Wing are just below really illustrates that.


I really think this list is just a list of popular shows, and not nbecessarily well-written shows. Which is fine, but call it what it is.

Also, love or hate SNL, it's hard to really put it on this list due to how inconsistant it is on a yearly basis.
 
2013-06-03 12:03:36 PM  
In ref to writing, having just re-watched the entire series, Northern Exposure should be on that list.
 
2013-06-03 12:04:24 PM  

mechgreg: AnotherBluesStringer: 7. Mad Men - AMC - Created by Matthew Weiner

I am a pretty big fan of Mad Men but even I recognize that 7 is way high. The fact that The Wire, The Simpsons, Breaking Bad and The West Wing are just below really illustrates that.


Yep.

Never seen "The Wire" or "Breaking Bad," but in no way, shape, or form does "Mad Men" have better writing than "The West Wing."
 
2013-06-03 12:05:17 PM  

time is tight: In ref to writing, having just re-watched the entire series, Northern Exposure should be on that list.


Number 53.
 
2013-06-03 12:06:18 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: time is tight: In ref to writing, having just re-watched the entire series, Northern Exposure should be on that list.

Number 53.


good, scoured the list, didn't see it.  thanks.
 
2013-06-03 12:08:52 PM  
Twin Peaks is way too low.
 
2013-06-03 12:09:14 PM  

doczoidberg: Boardwalk Empire should've been on there.


Number 93 (Way too low).
 
2013-06-03 12:10:47 PM  
Too many different genres to compare.

The Sopranos spent YEARS developing the complex relationship between Paulie Walnuts and Tony Soprano.  How do you compare that to the Murphy Brown 'half hour of Leno monologue' style writing?
 
2013-06-03 12:11:46 PM  
Fail for no Babylon 5.
Because like it or not, it ran 5 years and ended. It didn't drag on too long or be cut short.
All series should be only 5 seasons.
(looking at you Burn Notice)
 
2013-06-03 12:12:15 PM  

Uncle Pooky: mechgreg: AnotherBluesStringer: 7. Mad Men - AMC - Created by Matthew Weiner

I am a pretty big fan of Mad Men but even I recognize that 7 is way high. The fact that The Wire, The Simpsons, Breaking Bad and The West Wing are just below really illustrates that.

Yep.

Never seen "The Wire" or "Breaking Bad," but in no way, shape, or form does "Mad Men" have better writing than "The West Wing."


You should catch up on "Breaking Bad". It's starts off slow, but by the 2nd season it's full-blasting madness! And the Wire is just plain awesome! I mean, how could you NOT love a villian named Omar!
 
2013-06-03 12:12:36 PM  
Wait, how can US versions of UK shows even be on the list? Isn't it just revamping something already done?
 
2013-06-03 12:13:17 PM  
no sherrif lobo?
 
2013-06-03 12:17:26 PM  
This list is missing House of Cards as well.
 
2013-06-03 12:25:03 PM  
mafiageek1980:

You should catch up on "Breaking Bad". It's starts off slow, but by the 2nd season it's full-blasting madness! And the Wire is just plain awesome! I mean, how could you NOT love a villian named Omar!

There is no good reason why I haven't watched it. I realize it is highly acclaimed, and I watch a ton of TV. For whatever reason, just never got motivated enough to start it.
 
2013-06-03 12:25:15 PM  
No reference to Castle.
 
2013-06-03 12:27:41 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: 79. Star Trek: The Next Generation *TIE - SYN - Created by Gene Roddenberry


The Wire should of been number one.  But this lists ultimately fails for the inclusion of ST:TNG - it was an awful show full of bad writing, bad editing, and even worse acting.
 
2013-06-03 12:32:11 PM  

reillan: No reference to Castle.


I've seen Castle and it's too generic; hell, wasn't "Murder, She Wrote" doing this a decade earlier?
 
2013-06-03 12:37:37 PM  

Uncle Pooky: mafiageek1980:

You should catch up on "Breaking Bad". It's starts off slow, but by the 2nd season it's full-blasting madness! And the Wire is just plain awesome! I mean, how could you NOT love a villian named Omar!

There is no good reason why I haven't watched it. I realize it is highly acclaimed, and I watch a ton of TV. For whatever reason, just never got motivated enough to start it.


Fair enough. My hubby had to really push me to start watching it (even though I heard it was a great show). Once I started, I couldn't stop. It's an addiction (full pun intended) now, lol.
 
2013-06-03 12:41:35 PM  
ST better than ST:TNG?
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-03 12:48:49 PM  

NutznGum: I wonder how many times were going to get that stupid Soprano's joke in th


Yeah, but I made first and without wo
 
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